Filipino Foods: Sinigang, Sisig, Kare-kare, Pakbet

Here are more choices of Filipino food you should try when you come to the Philippines.

Sisig 

Sisig is a good partner for beer. This dish was actually meant to be taken as a "Pulutan" ( food that is usually taken with alcohol) or as an appetizer but now it has become a main dish when Filipinos go out to dine, taken with rice. Sisig is basically pig's ears seasoned and grilled, then chopped and mixed with liver, pork and sometimes Chicharon to give it the crunchy feel, sauteed in onions and garlic and seasoned with hot sauce or chili and calamondin (calamansi) and soysauce.

Sisig
Sisig (Photo credit: miggy357)

Pakbet

This food is made up of vegetables such as sitaw(string beans), squash, ampalaya(bitter gourd), okra(ladies fingers) and kangkong(swamp cabbage or water spinach) sauteed and seasoned with bagoong(shrimp paste). It is a very tasty combination of vegetables and for those who loves healthy, vitamin filled vegetables, this is a must try.

(Authentic) Pakbet
(Authentic) Pakbet (Photo credit: bingbing)



Sinigang

Sinigang is a soup based dish flavored with tamarind to give it a sour taste. It can either be beef, pork, fish, or shrimp, depending on your preference. This dish also has a lot of vegetables in it, such as, sitaw(string beans), okra(ladies fingers), labanos(white radish) and kangkong(water spinach or swamp cabbage) and is also seasoned with sili(green pepper).

A Filipino stew, using tamarind and pork. Mmmm.
Simigang, a Filipino stew, using tamarind and pork. Mmmm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kare Kare 

The main ingredient of this dish is either Ox tail, pig's leg, beef, cow stomach or a mixture of them, or the main ingredient could be mixed seafoods. The main seasoning of this dish is Peanut butter or ground peanut, so the sauce is thick and the taste is a bit sweet. This dish has plenty of vegetables in it like, sitaw(string beans), eggplant, pechay tagalog(Pak Choi) and puso ng saging(banana bud). It is usually paired up with shrimp paste as the shrimp paste would give it more flavor. Some restaurants mix the shrimp paste together with the Kare Kare so for those who have seafood allergies, you should ask the waiter if they do that just to be on the safe side.


Kare-Kare
Kare-Kare (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bulalo

Bulalo is stewed beef shank and marrow bones mixed with vegetables. This is one dish you should really try. Due to the main ingredient being bones and marrow, the soup is very tasty. It usually is mixed with vegetables like Napa cabbage, cabbage,  potatoes and corn, seasoned with onion and onion leaves and peppercorn.

bulalo
bulalo (Photo credit: tet_javier)

Hope this list helps. Enjoy Eating....

[Read: Filipino Foods: Lechon, Chicharon, Adobo and More]


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